Following the Wildebeest: Guest Post by Sy Montgomery

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We are excited to welcome Sy Montgomery as our guest author today. For her most recent book, The Magnificent Migration : On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds, she actually traveled to Africa… Continue reading

Focus on Transgender Pride

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I am so lucky to have two remarkable children. I love them and they love me, they love each other, and we all enjoy each other’s company. And now… Continue reading

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH #4Mind4Body

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New titles for Social and Emotional Learning!

Series Review: Human Body Helpers

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The human body is wonderful and complex! There are so many different systems that work together to keep our bodies functioning at their peaks. However, sometimes our bodies need a little help. The new series Human Body Helpers looks at what happens when four different parts of our body aren’t working at their best: eyes, teeth, legs/bones, and ears.

Middle Grade Read-Alouds

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Most kids love being read to, and I love reading aloud. My kids loved picture books, of course, and reading easy readers and early chapter books together. My older son, Alex, started reading… Continue reading

The Writing Process: Guest Post by Eileen Spinelli

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We are excited to welcome Eileen Spinelli as our guest author today. Her most recent book, Birdie, is a novel in verse about a young girl struggling with grief and the changes in… Continue reading

Stories in Verse

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I love stories in verse. As the summer reading program director at my two sons’ elementary school, I found these types of novels are the easiest to get a student interested in reading for fun. In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more.

Book Review: Once & Future King

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There are some folk tales that we have no collective memory of learning about for the first time, but all seem to be familiar with. The story of King Arthur seems to be… Continue reading

Telling a Migrant’s Tale: Guest Post by Andrew Donkin & Eoin Colfer

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We are very excited to welcome today’s guest authors, Andrew Donkin and Eoin Colfer. Along with artist Giovanni Rigano, they created the highly regarded graphic novel ILLEGAL about two young migrant brothers who… Continue reading

Book Review: The Bad Seed and The Good Egg

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The Bad Seed is a story of a seed who does some pretty awful things.  His manners (and hygiene) leave a lot to be desired.  In one of my favorite pictures, he makes… Continue reading